The DiagnosTechs™ Male Hormone Panels (MHP and eMHP) use noninvasive saliva testing to evaluate levels
of various hormones involved in male reproductive and sexual function. These panels include tests for seven to
nine different hormones in order to give a comprehensive picture of male hormonal balance. Information about
your hormone levels can be valuable when evaluating for conditions related to infertility, sexual dysfunction, and
andropause—an age-related decline in male hormone levels.
Why is it important to measure male hormones?
Optimal health is dependent on a balance of hormones, not just a single hormone.
Measurements of hormones can
be used in two general ways:
• To estimate the body’s own hormone production as a baseline test
• To monitor levels of hormones during treatment
Monitoring hormone therapy is necessary in order to reduce the chance of undesirable and potentially serious
side effects and to optimize treatment.
Dr. Guberman can use the information gathered from the Male
Hormone Panel (MHP) to gain a better understanding of your current hormone levels and to create a treatment plan
that is right for you.
The Male Hormone Panel (MHP) can uncover hormone imbalances and
deficiencies that may contribute to:
• Erectile dysfunction
• Sleep disorders
• Decreased muscle mass and strength
• General fatigue/decreased energy
• Increased risk for coronary artery disease or heart attack
• Hair loss or thinning
• Increased fat accumulation
• Urinary problems
• Decreased bone density or osteoporosis
• Compromised immune function
• Irritability and depression
The following hormones are evaluated in the Male Hormone Panel (MHP):
• Testosterone - This hormone is produced in the testes and is necessary
for healthy male reproductive function. Testosterone helps to preserve lean
body mass, bone density, cognitive function, red blood cell count, and
• DHEA - A hormone produced in the adrenal glands as a precursor to
testosterone and estrogen. Supplementation of DHEA is common in
hormone replacement therapy.
• Androstenedione - Another important reproductive hormone precursor.
• Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - Conversion of testosterone to
dihydrotestosterone frequently increases with age. Excess DHT is
associated with enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia
(BHP) and male-pattern baldness.
• Estrogens (Estrone and Estradiol) - Frequently thought of as “female
hormones”, estrogens play important roles in male health as well. High
estrogens have been associated with breast enlargement, prostate cancer,
fat redistribution, and obesity. Controlling estrogen levels can be helpful in
treating systems of andropause.
• Progesterone - Progesterone is often perceived as a ‘female’ hormone,
however it is also produced in men and is a precursor to testosterone and
estrogens. Elevated progesterone may be due to unintentional exposure
and can lead to elevations in other hormones.
Why saliva instead of blood?
For hormones to be active, they have to exist in their free state. In blood, most
hormones are bound to proteins or red blood cells and are therefore inactive.
It can be difficult to determine how much of a hormone measured in serum or
blood is free and actually available to your cells. In saliva, however, hormones
exist in their free state and are therefore bioavailable.